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Vulnerability and risk: some lessons from the UK reducing burglary initiative

journal contribution
posted on 19.12.2008, 16:52 by Andrew Millie
Various police and partnership schemes claim to address vulnerability, either as an end in itself, or as a means of crime reduction. However, project staff do not articulate always what is meant by ‘vulnerability,’ or relate it necessarily to victimization risk. This paper considers what the notions of ‘vulnerability’ and ‘risk’ mean, and how they are tackled and prioritized. Some lessons are provided from the UK Reducing Burglary Initiative. The paper argues that un-evidenced assumptions of vulnerability and risk need to be avoided. Additionally, a decision to focus on vulnerability is, mostly, one to reduce disadvantage rather than crime.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Citation

MILLIE, A., 2008. Vulnerability and risk: some lessons from the UK reducing burglary initiative. Police, Practice and Research, 9(3), pp. 183–198.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

NA (Not Applicable or Unknown)

Publication date

2008

Notes

This article is Restricted Access. It was published in the journal, Police, Practice and Research [© Taylor & Francis] and is available at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/15614263.asp

ISSN

1561-4263

Language

en